Carpets of Sawdust in Antigua

Carpets of Sawdust in Antigua

The most exceptional celebration of Easter in all Central America can be found in Antigua Guatemala. Every day of this week there are processions carrying the image of Jesus bearing the cross, they pass trough all the streets of the city. In their trajectory they walk on beautiful carpets made of dyed sawdust and flowers.

The most important day is Good Friday. All the night the neighbors in the different streets have been preparing the carpets. With dyed sawdust, petals of flowers and leaves of pine they make very elaborate and beautiful designs, narrating religious events, and sometimes also pagan. To make the most beautiful of carpets has become a competition between the different streets. Moments later the carpet is sacrificed to Jesus Christ when the procession pass destroying it.

Very early at dawn the procession leaves with the “andas”. First comes the “Roman soldiers” announcing the death of Christ. The first “anda” with Jesus Christ is carried by 80 men, after comes “La Virgen Dolorosa” carried by women and other smaller “andas”. It takes the procession almost all the day, surrounded in incense, to pass through all the streets of the city.

The entire spectacle is framed by the colonial atmosphere of Antigua Guatemala, one of the oldest and most pretty cities of Central America, definitively worthy of a visit.